I’m looking for some advice please. I will also be going to my doctor so please don’t worry about that, but anecdotal information and first hand experiences are also very helpful!
I had my second laparoscopy nearly three weeks ago. I had previously been diagnosed with endometriosis but this surgery was scheduled upon the discovery of a large endometrioma on my left ovary that was causing significant pain (it showed up on an ultrasound). The surgery lasted longer than expected as the endometrioma was apparently really difficult to remove and there was then a lot of endometriotic lesions to be removed from my abdomen wall, bladder, bowel etc.
The surgeon initially said start with taking 2 weeks off work. I have since made the decision to take a further two weeks. I should therefore be returning to work a week tomorrow. I work from home but it’s quite an intense role with back to back virtual meetings, long hours and a lot of responsibility.
I’m still needing to take pain relief and am in a fair amount of discomfort, that becomes pain as the day progresses, especially if I try to do too much. My stomach noticeably swells and becomes distended throughout the day if I overdo things. One of the incision sites is particularly tender and the bruising is improving but it was significantly worse than my first laparoscopy, I feel quite battered! My first period since the surgery has arrived now too and is really very unpleasant and painful, which I’m told is to be expected during the recovery phase.
I’m really worried that 4 weeks isn’t going to be enough time off work to adequately recover. I don’t want to be a wimp and I don’t want to feel like I’m milking it but I am genuinely still not ok. I don’t really know what to do. So!! Any advice is welcome.